Placement tests determine a student’s reading, writing and mathematics skills. Academic advisors use the placements to ensure students are successful in the courses they choose.

Who needs to take Placement Tests?

  • New FVCC students who have been out of high school for more than two years
  • Transfer students without previous math, and/or reading and writing courses
  • Running Start students wishing to enroll in FVCC courses
  • Students wanting to place into a higher level courses and/or improve upon previous placement scores

Where do I find my scores?
You will find your results on your Student Portal. On the left hand menu bar, click on Admissions Status and then select Placement.

  • Scores for the Math Placement and Reading Placement are posted daily
  • Scores for the Writing Placement typically take two business days to post

If you have any questions about the placements, need an advising appointment, or need testing accommodations due to disability to complete the placement tests, please contact the FVCC’s Student Support Center: (406) 756-3880.

Math (Required):

Do I need to take Math Placement?

Yes:
  • New FVCC students who have been out of high school for more than two years
  • Transfer students without previous college math courses
  • Running Start students wishing to enroll in FVCC courses
Maybe:If you graduated from high school within the last two years, you may be eligible to register for math courses without taking the Math Placement test. Review the criteria for direct placement in FVCC math courses.
No:If are you transferring to FVCC with college credit for math, and/or you earned AP or IB credit for math, you will not be required to take the math placement.

How do I take the Math Placement?

  • The Math Placement is proctored at FVCC’s campus. If you are unable to come to campus, contact the Foundational Math Center for offsite testing options at (406) 756-4330.
  • The Math Placement is available on a walk-in basis in the Foundational Math Center, in Ross Hall Room 150
    Math Placement Summer Testing hours: Mon-Thurs 9-5 and Friday 9-4. Other times may be available by appointment; call (406) 756-4330 for questions and information. Please make sure to arrive at least an hour and a half before closing.
  • You can retake the Math Placement up to two more times. After you take the Math Placement, you will receive a log-in and a customized study guide to improve your math skills
Reading & Writing (Required)
Do I need to take the Reading & Writing Placement?
Yes:
  • New FVCC students without ACT scores
  • Transfer students without previous college writing courses
  • Running Start students wishing to enroll in FVCC courses
Maybe:If you took the ACT test in the last two years, you may not need to take the Reading & Writing Placement. The following ACT scores enable you to directly enter college level courses and skip the Reading & Writing Placement:

  • 21 or higher on ACT Writing 2015-2016, or
  • 7 or higher on the ACT Writing all other years, or
  • 18 or higher on the ACT English
No:If are you transferring to FVCC with college credit for writing, and/or you earned AP or IB credit for English, Language or Literature test scores, you will not be required to take the Reading & Writing Placement.

How do I take the Reading & Writing Placement?

  • The Reading & Writing Placement is available online (see steps below)
  • You register for the Reading & Writing Placement through your Student Portal
  • You are permitted one attempt at the Reading & Writing Placement each semester

Instructions for taking the Reading & Writing Placement:

Step 1: Register to take the Reading & Writing Placement on your Student Portal.

  • Click Admission Status
  • Click Placement
  • Click Register for Reading and Writing Placement
  • NOTE: You will need to wait 24 hours until you can access the Reading & Writing Placement on Eagle Online

Step 2: Accessing the Reading & Writing Placement:

  • Go to Eagle Online
  • Login using your Student Portal username and password
  • Click on Placement Testing Reading and Writing
  • Watch the video instructions
  • Click on Writing Placement
    • Give yourself approximately one hour to write a short essay response to the prompt provided
    • You must complete the Writing Placement once you begin, but you have unlimited time
  • Click on Reading Placement
    • You read short essays and answer 25 multiple choice questions
Chemistry (Optional)
Yes:
  • New FVCC students who have been out of high school for more than two years and want to take chemistry at FVCC
  • Transfer students without previous college chemistry who want to take chemistry at FVCC
  • Running Start students wishing to enroll in FVCC chemistry courses
Maybe:If you graduated from high school within the last two years, you may be eligible to register for chemistry courses without taking the Chemistry Placement test. Review the criteria for direct placement into FVCC chemistry courses
No:If are you transferring to FVCC with college credit for chemistry, and/or you earned AP or IB credit for chemistry, you will not be required to take the Chemistry placement.
Please Note:
The Chemistry placement is only intended for students who want to take chemistry courses, and chemistry courses are not required for all degree programs.

How do I take the Chemistry Placement?

  • To schedule an the Chemistry placement, please use the test scheduler. The Chemistry Placement test will take place in the Testing Center, located in the Learning Resource Center Building, LRC 123-A.
    If you are unable to come to campus, contact our Proctor to find an offsite proctor location: proctor@fvcc.edu.
  • You can improve your Chemistry placement at home:
    • If you wish to try to place into a higher level chemistry course, you can log into your ALEKS account from home and work through more topics in ALEKS using Learning Mode.
    • You have until the last day to add a class in the upcoming semester (or 18 weeks, whichever comes first) from the date and time you register in ALEKS for the Chemistry Placement test to work on these topics.